Last year (2011), wasn't the best in terms of my relationship with Anthropologie. Like many of you, I felt...less than thrilled by the selection, and I spent far less time in their stores and fitting rooms than I did the previous year (2010). I'd still walk in and through the stores when I was at the mall, but I felt less and less inclined to pull anything to try on, and well...as you may have noticed, all of this contributed to the dearth of Anthro fitting room reviews being posted here.
I think this trend may be about to change.
Now, I don't want to rush and make any proclamations here - there was a point, mid-year, when Anthro faked me out by making me think it was going to leave off on all the tribal/bohemian/trendy stuff and make a return to the fun, whimsical, more classic styles that I learned to love them for - when actually, it was just a couple random items that caught my attention in a catalog. So, while I'm definitely trending towards optimistic, due to what I'm seeing in the stores and website at the moment (there are easily a dozen dresses that I'd totally introduce to my closet if I had the means), I'm not going to hold my breath. At least, not yet.
Still, what they've got going on was enough to get back in their fitting rooms again, so here we are! Anthro fitting room reviews.
I've been sort of walking past the Embossed Basket Dress for the past month or so without any desire to try it on. But lately, I can't help noticing this green version (I've got a weakness for green dresses...), and so, here I am, giving it a go. I'm wearing this in in the XS, and found it to fit very comfortably. It's a pretty simple sort of dress, made of heavy textured knit. The waist hit just a touch low on me, but it should be noted that I am short-waisted, so that's probably okay for most, and it's totally workable for me too. The skirt ended right at the top of my knee, so a really perfect length for me too. There's a back zipper, a nice cap sleeve, and it's machine washable (yay!). Can't remember now if there's a pocket or not, but I don't think it had one. Overall, a totally unoffensive, if somewhat uninspiring dress, that I could totally wear, but for which I wouldn't pay full price. Wishlisted for sale time.
Dropwaist Mini Dress:
This is the Dropwaist Mini Dress, which I'm wearing in size 2. I've got a few extra pounds I picked up over the holiday season (happy fat?) so I knew that if I tried the 0 on a drop-waisted dress, it could be bad news bears. The 2 fit me comfortably, and I'll say right now that I rather liked it. It's definitely a shorter skirt, hitting about 3 inches above my knee, which means it'd be lots shorter on taller women (something to keep in mind). I have seen it styled as a tunic though, so that might be an option, if you're uncomfortable with the length. Some drawbacks - no pockets (I know, I'm so spoiled - EDIT: turns out there are pockets, and I missed 'em!), it's dry-clean only, and it's got a rather untenably deep slit in the back (for me - see photo below). I found that long slit gaped open every time I moved my arms. Kind of a bummer as I'm not willing to go bra-less, and I'm not so into the idea of wearing a cami under this. If I were to buy this dress, I'd probably stitch up the bottom half of it, to give me a bit more coverage. Or, if that made it too hard to get the dress on and off, I might install an exposed zipper. Wishlisted for consideration at sale time.
Detail of the back of the Drop Waist Mini Dress.
Swing Away Dress:
You may not know this about me, but I have a soft spot for swing dresses. I think maybe it takes me back to happy memories of wearing these smock-like dresses as a young child. Whatever it is, when I spotted the Swing Away Dress in my local store, I had to pick it up and take it into the fitting room with me. I'm wearing it in size 0, and well...it was roomy. This is okay, as it's meant to be roomy. But I think, if one wasn't careful, one could look as though one were wearing a muumuu. Or a tent. I liked the length on it - it hit me at the knee - and I liked that it has pockets. I also like that it's well-lined and opaque. The puffed sleeves puffed quite a bit (as you can see), and in the dressing room, I didn't like them. Looking at the photos, though, they don't seem too bad. There is a petite version of this, which I find interesting. The dress is made of a wool-gauze and is dry-clean only, which isn't great. I thought the embroidery on the shoulder plackets was pretty if unremarkable. Wishlisted for consideration at sale time.
Goji Plaid Dress:
I'm wearing the Goji Plaid Dress in a size 0. This silk dress seems to be a variation on the familiar Take Action dress silhouette, with the substitution of an attached sash waist, a slightly fuller skirt, and a triangular cut-out in the back. I didn't love it - while it fit me well in the front, with the waist hitting at my own true waist, the back was too long, and caused the cut-out area to bunch unattractively (see photo below). This may not be an issue for longer-waisted women. On a positive note, the cut-out is placed more strategically, covering bra straps/fasteners. Less happy? Well, the shoulders of the dress are, like on the Take Action dress, cut in a bit. When I'm wear my Take Action dress, I usually wear a racerback bra with it, so as to avoid having my bra's shoulder straps peak out. Obviously, this dress isn't going to work with a racerback. So, uh...I have no solutions for this issue. It is, for me, a moot point, as there are a lot of dresses at Anthro that I'd prefer to own. Pass for me.
Detail of the back of the Goji Plaid Dress.
Draped Snail Tank and Mystery Maeve Skirt:
When I saw the Draped Snail Tank on Anthro's website, I was smitten. I couldn't wait to see it and try it on. This is slightly odd, as it's print is dotted with snails, and I definitely objected to the snails that crawled across the In Clouds Blouse. I can't say why I am not bothered by these snails in the least, but I never claimed to be consistent, so there you have it. Anyway, when I saw it in the store, I grabbed it in this punchy pink color (so fun!) along with this nubby wool skirt (not available online - but made by Maeve, priced at $98). I'm wearing the skirt in a size 2, and I don't have much to say about it except that the 2 was too big for me (I'm fairly certain I can size down to the 0 with no problem), there was a back zipper, and I'm pretty certain it had pockets. I definitely like it, and think I'll spring for it when it goes on sale.
I tried on the Draped Snail Tank in a size 0, and I found it to be...blousy. This is not helped by the fact that it's completely split open in the back, from the neck down. I don't love this feature of it, and if I were to buy this top, I might, for my own use, stitch it closed (I know, I'm no fun at all). I was able to tuck the top into the skirt, with some success, but as you can see from the photo (above right), it didn't want to stay tucked. The top is made of silk, is hand-washable, and still manages to be super cute and I'll probably try to grab it on sale, despite my misgivings about the open back.
The split back starts directly beneath the top ruffle at the neckline, and continues down to the very bottom of the garment.
Dropped Dots Dress:
When I first saw the Dropped Dots Dress in-store, around the New Year, I wanted to try it on, but couldn't, because there were no more 0s or 2s on the floor. This last week, however, I came across both, so took them into the fitting room with me. I'm wearing the 2 in these photos, and I'll admit that it's entirely because I couldn't zip up the size 0. I've not experienced this often, in Anthropologie, so needless to say, I blame this entirely on my overindulgence during the holidays. But that being said, I need to note that I've tried on other size 0 dresses since then, and have had no problem zipping into those, so...maybe this one's just cut a bit more snugly? I don't know. Anyway, I'm wearing the size 2, which fit me very well in the front, but bunched a bit, in the back (see photo, above right). Again, I attribute this to the fact that I'm both short and short-waisted. The waist is also a bit dropped, compared to most of Anthro's offerings with this silhouette, hitting at the top of my hips, rather than at my true waist. That, along with the surprisingly poofy skirt, made for a...well, poofier skirt than I expected. The back of the bodice was cut into a low-V, which ended before exposing my bra strap. I really actually love the back of this dress, and wish the whole thing fit me better, because I'd totally buy it. Sadly, one can't buy a dress just for the back of it (or can one?), so this one will be a pass for me.
Detail shot of the back of the Dropped Dots Dress.
That's it for now, but there are more to come. Hope you're all having a great weekend!